Friday, January 13

Movie Review: Assassin's Creed (2016)

Film Title: Assassin's Creed
Length: 116 Mins
Released: 2016
Genre: Action/Adventure & Science Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Where I Got It: Seen at theaters


Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.


When the news that this movie was going to come out, I legit JUMPED for joy. This movie is loosely based off of the video games that have been in circulation for some time now. This whole concept has been extremely interesting to me since the beginning when the first game was announced an eon ago. I have been dying for a movie because I am the slowest video game player ever known to man. I mainly play the games for the stories, so having a movie come out was exciting.

For anyone who wants to see the movie, because they like/love the games, remember….it is LOOSELY based off the game. The main concept is there, but the storyline and characters are extremely different. I wanted to cry on how much they changed the main character in modern time. NOOOOO. They fixed him near the end, but still…I was not happy. I mean…it did make the modern story like WAY more interesting, but boooooo!

Along with this, they made the story and the world darker. I’m glad. They made the assassin’s blend in more with the darker side of society like they say they are. In the games, they wear white or other bright colors. This never made sense to me. In the movie, they darkened the clothing and the characters themselves. I was glad for this, because what they do is not glamorous. They do bad things to protect mankind from the main threat: Knight’s Templars.

Ooooh those baddies. However….are they truly evil? They made the lines greyer in the movie and I liked it. The Knight’s Templars want to unite the whole world and get rid of violence and badness. Is that truly a wrong thing to want? I personally don’t think it is, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut the way they want to do this is evil. They want to find the Apple of Eden which can remove mankind’s will and make them submit happily to the one holding the Apple. The only people who know where the Apple is the Assassins. I do feel that they should have cleared up the plot a bit for those people who have not played the games. The plot was a little murkily explained.

I truly love what they did with the machine that uses the genetics of the wearer to visit and “be” their ancestor. In the game, it was kinda boring. The wearer legit just lays there and “Dreams” the memories. While the machine in the movie, makes the wearer actually do the movements and talk for all to see. Pretty cool honestly and much more entertaining.

I feel they did a good job with the cast. Some big names, some not. My only issue was the girl playing Sophie. I normally like the actress, but god…her acting was terrible. I barely understood her throughout the film. For being an “educated” character she sure did mumble. I had to lean over to BF and ask what she said multiple times. SPEAK UP GIRL!!!!!! *facepalm*

Another issue I had was the face tattoos, some of the hair styles, and some of the costumes especially in the 15th century Spain….were not very accurate and out of place. Maybe they were trying to jazz it up since the Assassins are such badasses? I’m not sure. But it bothered me.

Holy ending. There was SO much build-up but then…then it just ended. I felt deflated.

Overall, I think was pretty good. I’m glad I got to see it, but maybe I should’ve waited for it to come to DVD or Netflix. I liked the cast (except for one) and the story was interesting. Very different than the games, but it was still entertaining. There were some issues like the costumes, mumbling actresses, and the plot was a little murky for those that do not know the storyline. However, I felt they did a good job. I hope they make more in the future. Out of five stars, I’ll give this a 3. 

Re-watch?: Eh, I'll watch the sequel tho


Anachronist said...

Mumbling actresses should be fired...maybe I'll watch it...later.

Blodeuedd said...

Oh no, not a mumbler

Carole Rae said...

Ana, yes. I agree. Which is weird because she didn't do that in the past movies she has been in.

B, most annoying.

vvb32 reads said...

I haven't played the game, but have seen all the adverts and hype for it. So was kinda drawn to watching the film out of curiosity and for Fassbender. With your review I still am interested but will wait for DVD or Netflix.

Carole Rae said...

vvb32, it was worth the watch, but I do think I should've just waited til DVD/netflix.